Sylvan Dale is a beautiful valley in the Yorkshire Wolds that I am beginning to get quite attached to.
Made over a bank holiday weekend, this image as much as any illustrates my philosophy of picture making - get to know a subject sufficiently well to be inspired by it, find a strong composition, paint it with light and try to make the moment special and unique.
This image is special and unique for me in many ways. For example, the hawthorn flowers for only a couple of weeks every two years. In between that time it has to survive frequent 'clearings'. Many don't. The light is magical, such a fleeting gleam that one could wait a long time to repeat it. The angle of the light casts a shadow on the first tree in the line that exactly aligns with the shape of the valley. The dark, light, dark, light dark configuration creates depth to the image despite using a medium telephoto lens. The lines in the foreground grass could not have been more favourable. The balance is strong: tonal, colour and compositional. I could go on. Very pleasing.
Technical Details: Linhof Technikardan, 240mm lens, Provia 100. No filtration.
Location: Yorkshire Wolds, East Yorkshire